Who should buy the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit

This sporty Adidas sneaker is a good match for you if:

  • You want a sneaker with a stretchier upper Primeknit feature
  • You are after a shoe with a responsive cushioning that provides high levels of energy
  • You prefer a breathable sneaker inspired by Running

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Shoe logo

Style of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit

Although the original design of the NMD is already streamlined, the NMD Racer PK takes the minimalism style even further. These sneakers are highly inspired by the 80s running shoes. It fuses the easily identifiable NMD details and the stripped-back design of the Adidas NMD Racer.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Midsole

The upper stays true to the stretchy monochromatic Primeknit upper but is contrasted with bright pink and neon yellow accents on the outsole. It dons a stroke-like detailing that is reminiscent of speed. It is further enhanced with a gradient embroidery along the arch and the vamp.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Toebox

Notable Feature

As one of the many variations of the NMD, there are a few upgrades that were injected on the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit. One of which is the placement of the EVA heel plugs which was extended to the back part of the heel, contrasting to the original NMDs that sport shorter heel plugs.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Heel

The medial side of the outsole has neon green and bright pink clasps, having textures similar to pebbles. These detailing and color extend on the outsole, giving it more traction. The outsole of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit is commendable as it is the first model of NMD to have an arch plate. It boosts the arch support, making it more comfortable.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Laces

History of the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit

Released in 2015, the Adidas NMD is one of the brand's upcoming icons. These  Adidas sneakers are inspired by Boston Super, Rising Star, and Micropacer. One of the goals of Nic Galway, the Senior VP for Global Design, was to create a sneaker designed unlikely of the Boost, a trainer that is new and exciting with small hints of the past.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Outsole

During the design process, Galway's designers were allowed to pull sneakers from the archives but averted to take them on their desks. The primary purpose of this practice is to help the designers only remember the details that stood out to them instead of recreating a shoe.

Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit Collar

NMD stands for "Nomad," which translates to a person who is always on the move. People who are always traveling and not bounded by anything were in mind during the conceptualization. Its design is then translated to a minimalist approach wherein every stitch and piece of the sneaker serves a specific purpose.

As with most Boost soles, the sneaker gained hype and instantly sold out. It paved the way for more releases of the NMD's including the Adidas NMD_Racer Primeknit, which is a follow up to the original NMD Racer.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Adidas NMD_Racer
Style: Sporty, Sock
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Adidas Nmd, Adidas Originals, Adidas Boost, Adidas Primeknit
Closure: Slip-on, Laces
Designed by: Nic Galway

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.